With rookies set to report to training camp in two weeks, the Buccaneers have almost finished signing their entire draft class. Today, the organization announced that they’ve signed third-round cornerback Jamel Dean to his rookie contract.
Dean struggled through knee injuries early in his collegiate career, but the defensive back improved his draft stock over the past two seasons. In 26 games at Auburn, Dean compiled 73 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, a pair of interceptions and 17 passes defended. The cornerback’s measurables (six-foot-one, 206 pounds) already impressed scouts, but he stole the show at the NFL Scouting Combine after running the best 40-yard dash time among cornerback prospects.
The Buccaneers’ secondary struggled in 2018, meaning Dean should have an opportunity at a role heading into next season. Vernon Hargreaves and Carlton Davis are projected to start on the outside, while Ryan Smith or M.J. Stewart will have first dibs at the nickel spot. However, Dean will have a chance to compete with second-round rookie Sean Murphy-Bunting for backup reps.
Following today’s signing, first-round linebacker Devin White is the only Buccaneers rookie left unsigned. The Buccaneers’ entire draft haul is listed below:
- 1-5: Devin White, LB (LSU)
- 2-39: Sean Murphy-Bunting, CB (Central Michigan): Signed
- 3-94: Jamel Dean, CB (Auburn)
- 3-99: Mike Edwards, S (Kentucky): Signed
- 4-107: Anthony Nelson, DE (Iowa): Signed
- 5-145: Matt Gay, K (Utah): Signed
- 6-208: Scott Miller, WR (Bowling Green): Signed
- 7-215: Terry Beckner Jr., DT (Missouri): Signed
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